Raw chicken wing bones are soft and safe, although of course you should never feed your dog cooked bones
Raw chicken wings for dogs are ideal
It’s often claimed that chicken bones are brittle, liable to splinter and are thus dangerous for a dog to eat. That’s certainly true of cooked chicken bones, but raw chicken bones are rubbery and make ideal food for a dog whose digestive system is perfectly adapted to digesting them. I weaned my last litter of puppies on raw chicken wings at five weeks. The puppies loved them, though it did take them a long time to munch through a wing. I reckon that my springer Rowan, who is coming up for 14, must have eaten around 5,000 chicken wings in her lifetime.
Breakfasting on raw chicken wings
My late spaniel, Fleur, couldn’t cope with big bones, but chicken wings were a different matter. She consumed these with enthusiasm, crunching up a wing for breakfast every morning. Having been brought up to believe that giving a dog a chicken bone was dangerous, I was nervous about doing this at first.
However I soon realised I was worrying unnecessarily. It is cooked chicken bones that are hazardous (because they are brittle) but when raw they make excellent food for dogs.
For the dogs’ dinner I feed boiled rice, chopped vegetables (usually spinach, kale or broccoli) and raw meat. Today there’s an excellent choice of packaged raw meat for dogs from a variety of manufacturers, and you can choose anything from rabbit to venison. My dogs aren’t fussy and have shown no preferences for any particular meat: as long as it’s raw they will eat it with gusto.
There are many excellent packaged dry foods available, and they do make feeding much easier. When I’m away from home I feed my dogs on Salters, a dry food that contains extra virgin olive oil, and they do well on it. But wherever I am, I always try and ensure that raw chicken wings for dogs are available.
Praise for raw chicken wings for dogs
The Canine Health Concern website says: “Raw chicken on the bone is without doubt the very best form in which to feed your dog most of its requirements of meaty bones… The bones come from 10-week-old birds so are extremely soft. Once your dog has crunched through the flesh, the bones are very safely crushed. Contrast this with cooked chicken, where the flesh is beautifully soft, but the bones have gone brittle and sometimes quite splintery. These are dangerous!”
“Raw wings have the best fatty acid content of all animal bones. They are beautifully balanced with respect to their bone-to-flesh ratio., and when raw, they are soft and safe.”
How soon can a puppy eat raw chicken wings?
With my last litter we started offering chicken wings at five weeks as part of their weaning and the puppies had a great time gnawing on them. It did take them some time to consume a wing, but it kept them busy and happily occupied.
None of these puppies had an upset stomach or diarrhoea during the time they spent with us before going to their new homes.